Fat Shaming Does Not Help You Lose Weight, Self-Love Does.

After Canadian comedian Nicole Arbour came under fire recently for her video on YouTube insulting overweight women, the issue of “fat-shaming” became a popular subject across social media. 

Larger women everywhere took issue with Nicole’s words calling the video, “Tired, cruel, and lazy”. (The Guardian) The star of my “Big Fat Fabulous Life” Whitney Way Thore made a video rebuttal condemning the comedian for her viral attack.

Insulting another person’s physical appearance not only demeans that person, but hinders their weight loss success. Fat-shaming is a very real thing that mostly women experience whether at home, in the workplace, or online. It can lead to stress and poor eating habits. 

So why do we “fat-shame” others? Are we in such a dire need to be socially accepted by society that we forget what the struggles of weight loss is like for others? Or is it another way to socially oppress other individuals with larger physiques.

One woman thought that she was going to receive that same kind of treatment when she stripped to her bikini and held two markers in her hand while blindfolded. The point of the exercise was to promote self-love by letting strangers draw hearts all over her body. What Amy Pence-Brown did not expect was all the love and support she would receive from the passerbys who saw her sign. Take a look at the video of people’s reactions to her request.

If strangers can accept Amy Pence-Brown for who she is then why is it so hard for others like Nicole Arbour to accept her. What kind of message is she sending shaming people for conditions that lead to weight gain that they cannot control ?

At Model My Diet, we believe in visual motivation and support. Your model is a reflection of yourself and what you want to be in the future. When you share an image of your model, you are getting support from the community; a community that understands what it means to go through a weight loss struggle. Learning to accept yourself is the first step towards progression. Not everyone can have a perfect body, but once we learn to accept our imperfections, we can invite change into our lives.

The Relationship Between Body Image and Disordered Eating

For people who want to lose weight, there’s a fine line between healthy and unhealthy methods of losing the extra pounds. Often, the way we think about our bodies—our body image—contributes to our ability to lose weight in a healthy and safe manner. With a positive body image, weight loss attempts often tend to be healthier, safer, and ultimately more successful. However, because poor body image contributes to the risk of someone developing an eating disorder, healthy weight loss is more difficult for people who see their bodies in a negative light.
There’s a strong two-way relationship between body image and eating disorders: someone with a poor or unrealistic body image often desires to change their body, and the most common way for this desire to manifest is by dieting. For some people, the result is the eventual development of an eating disorder, which causes body image to become even more distorted. For example, someone with poor body image who develops anorexia thinks of themselves as overweight even if they lose so much that they become dangerously underweight.

Some people with eating disorders develop such a distorted body image that they develop a condition called body dysmorphic disorder. People with this disorder become very preoccupied with their physical appearance, and with particular facial features or parts of their bodies; typically their preoccupation causes them to see serious flaws where none existA study conducted at UCLA shows that people with this disorder may actually have abnormal visual processing—and that they do literally see themselves differently from the way they really are.
When someone with an eating disorder also develops body dysmorphic disorder, there’s a high risk that their eating disorder will eventually become fatal, which means that getting professional help is extremely important for survival.

Mel Strang, Writer and Editor for bulimia.com.

If you yourself are suffering from an eating disorder and would like to get help, find a treatment centre here at www.bulimia.com/allstates/.

We Can’t All Be Runners, But We Can Certainly Try.

Recently the popular creator of the television show Girls, Lena Dunham, surprised everyone by professing her love of running. If you are  familiar with the star then you would know that she not only talked about how much she hated running, but how she could never see herself really doing it. 

Image Source: Lena Dunham

We have all been in that position where we refuse to participate in strenuous activities just because our friends and popular figures are doing it. Even here at Model My Diet, we have been slow to jump at the jogging phenomena. However, here is what we learned when we started running outside.

It is the best way to clear your head, focusing on one activity. A lot of times when we are busy working on new releases, trying to connect with our clients, or researching new diets or information that would be helpful for our users, we take it in all at once. We want to provide the best services, but with so many ideas flowing freely, we forget to take the time to slow down and focus on our bodies. So when we start running, whether it is 5k or over 20k, we give ourselves and our body the time to focus on our thoughts and try to find helpful solutions. 

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Being outside while running is a great distraction and yet, inspiration for new ideas to come.  Our best ideas often come when we are not expecting it. Like the switch of a lightbulb, a solution comes to your mind when you are able to clear all the distracting thoughts in your head. Sometimes it is hard to think straight when you are restrained to an office with so much pent up energy. Running allows you to use that energy to strengthen your body and your mind. It forces you to explore places and destinations that you just don’t find in an office. You see the world differently when you run, giving you a new perspective on exercise and your health. 

We turn “I can’t” into “I will”. We have all made excuses,  including some of us at Model My Diet, for why we cannot run. That first 10 minutes is a killer, because you are using muscles you never normally use. You feel pain in your thighs, your heart is beating at a rapid pace, and your breathing starts to shorten. Nevertheless, it is the best feeling you can have, because you feel your body is detoxing and recharging at the same time. The further distance you run, the more accomplished you feel to the point where you don’t remember why you were making excuses for not running in the first place. 

Whether you run to the top of a mountain or along a beach, the effort to do so is a milestone in your start to a healthy lifestyle. This post is not about leaving advice or sharing tips, but writing from an experience we felt when we started running. After every run, our body was in a well rested state the next day and it allowed us to continue working hard, with even more motivation; refreshed and recharged. 

More Before and After Pictures, More Amazing Transformations!

It is that time again where we reimagine some of the best weight loss transformations found on Pinterest with our virtual models.

 Some of these individual prove that you can overcome your biggest struggle and be confident in who you are. We even included the weight loss before and after picture of one of our users who found success with her model. 

Cherry Mars is probably one of the most successful Model My Diet user. After becoming a fitness coach, she took the time to give us her thoughts on her weight loss journey. Although she had some cheat days, she credits her success to eating healthy and exercising regularly. 

Image Source: Cherry Mars
“I lifted weights mainly and cleaned up my diet. …I cut out out take-out food altogether and reduced my sugar intake. I used the Model My Diet app to keep me motivated. I consistently set myself goals. As a result I now run regularly- preferred distance is 5km and I walk or jog almost EVERYWHERE now (If it is possible). It really has changed my life, because now I am a certified personal trainer” -Cherry Mars
Remember Brittany Wolfe? We wrote a blog post about how she was able to go from 273 pounds to 222! Now her and her model are looking fantastic in their new clothes.

Image Source: Brittany Wolfe

This Pinterest user posted a before and after of her stomach looking toned and lean compared to her former self. The progress she made was over the course of a year and the results show what hardwork and dedication can do for your body. 

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This is what your model could look like once you lose 105 pounds! This user is confident in her new body and was not ashamed to show the results. They say strong is the new sexy and this user is giving us nothing but muscular appeal for her and her model.

Image Source: trimmedandtoned.com

This user displays what every woman goes through while losing weight: stretch marks. Her battle wounds are a reminder of how far she has come on her weight loss journey. Although her model cannot show the same marks of accomplishment, it can certainly support her for the rest of her journey.

Image Source: trimmedandtoned.com

This user was proud to show how fit and active she was after two years of healthy and clean eating. She makes exercising look fun and motivating! We decided to reflect that positve attitude through her model’s active wear outfit, because visual motivation goes a long way in a weight loss journey.

Image Source: Lauren (howdoesshe.com)

This user demonstrates her non-scale victory with this side-by-side of just how much she lost. We can only imagine how happy she feels with her new body. After all, her smile says it all! 

Image Source: trimmedandtoned.com

The road to weight loss is still a long journey and maintaining those new bodies still remains a struggle. However, with the right support and proper visual motivation, your life can transform for the better. Weight loss is a never ending journey, so do not give up!

If you have amazing before and after picture, send it us at info@modelmydiet.com or post it on our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram pages with the #modelmydiet. We are looking forward to creating a before and after model for you!

Post Wedding Success! How Jennifer Downward Lost More than 175 pounds.

Image Source: Jane Downward

Women’s Health recently featured a story on one woman who was able to lose a whopping 175 pounds in spite of struggling with obesity her whole life. Jane Downward grew up compensating for her weight with her humour, but after hitting a staggering 373 pounds, she knew she needed to get on the right track to change. After realizing that she had been consuming 3000 calories daily, she did everything it took to lose the weight from joining to Spark People to betting on her own weight loss goals. 

Why was she so motivated?

“As I began to realize that I was going to be a mom soon, I started to notice parents who sat on the sidelines while their kids played at the park. I knew that if I didn’t lose weight, I would be like those moms and dads, not because I was distracted by my phone but because I wouldn’t be able to physically keep up with my kid. I didn’t want to miss a second of being a parent.” – Jane Downward

Image Source: Jane Downward

Check out heinterview with Women’s Health Magazine where she talks about the amazing  steps she took to get into shape and live a more active healthier lifestyle. 

Send us a story of your weight loss transformation to info@modelmydiet.com. Your story could be featured in our next blog post!

How Meditation Helps You Lose Weight

By Lynne Goldberg, co-founder of OMG. I Can Meditate!meditation app  for beginners to learn how to meditate. 

We’ve all been there; feeling nervous, or anxious, maybe even a bit aggravated.  Maybe we were stuck in traffic, had a bad day at the office, or are having relationship issues.  So we automatically reach for the Ben & Jerry’s or bag of Skittles.

We eat for many reasons that often have nothing to do with actual hunger.  We eat when we are stressed or upset, when our clock tells us it is “mealtime”, when we are in certain social situations, or even just out of boredom.  

Sometimes, we eat past our hunger pains and become more than satisfied.  Our tendency to eat too fast doesn’t allow us time to listen to our body’s warnings of when we have had enough. This type of mindless, emotional eating leads to weight gain as we take in much more than what our body needs and metabolizes.  

Here are two ways meditation is helpful for losing weight.

Firstly, it can make us more aware of our emotional state; even helping with reducing negative emotions, one of the leading causes of over-eating to begin with. 

 Meditation actually helps us to combat stress and become more aware of our thoughts, feelings and emotions, from moment to moment. When we’re stressed, our body releases stress hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol. Cortisol actually stimulates fat and carbohydrate metabolism for fast energy with the possibility of increasing our appetite. 

In addition, meditation can be an antidote. While you meditate you release hormones like oxytocin, the “Love” hormone and serotonin the “feel good “ hormone.          
Secondly, meditation makes us more mindful and attentive to our everyday activities, including our eating habits. We learn to enjoy our food more by eating slower, meditating on every bite. 

We become more conscious of the impulses that drive us to indulge, preventing us from eating mindlessly. So that means thinking twice about eating that whole bag of potato chips.   Meditation allows us to become the captain of our own ship instead of being tossed around by our emotions.

Experience a meditation for weight loss for free, in the Specialty Meditation section of the OMG. I Can Meditate! program. No experience required, just 15 minutes sitting in a chair. 

OITNB’s Danielle Brooks’s Inspiring Instagram Account for Curvy Women Everywhere

Danielle Brooks’s made a surprising omission on her Instagram account the other day; it was the first time she went to the gym with just a sports bra. Anyone who is struggling through weight loss can understand how big of a non-scale victory that is for all women out there. There is something about being able to feel comfortable in your own skin in front of others that gives you the confidence you need to continue reaching your weight loss goals. 

“I’ve always wanted to do this but have felt shameful and have told myself ‘until my body is perfect, I’m forbidden’. Today my inner being told me to turn up the notch on my self-love. I should not be ashamed of my body. I’m not a walking imperfection! I’m a Goddess. Secondly, I’m a confident woman! That doesn’t stop once I take off my spanx. Lol [.] Sometimes it’s a struggle. Sometimes I don’t like what I see, but I have the power to change the way in which I relate to my body both physically and mentally. Today I woke up feeling beautiful and motivated to love myself and take care of the ONE body that I’ve been given.” -Danielle Brooks

For anyone who is not familiar with Danielle Brooks, she is one of the stars in the prison comedy on Netflix, Orange is the New Black. She has always battled with her weight growing up and was not really aware of her size until a churchgoer pointed it out one day.  

Promotional Photo From Orange is the New Black

Now she dedicates her time to getting in shape and living a more healthy and active lifestyle, which you can see in a timeline of her photos from when she started OITHNB to where she is now. Not only does her body look great, but she gives a lot of curvy women ideas for dressing their new body.

Check out some of the photos below from the @daniebb3 account. Let us know in the comments how inspiring this was for you.

Inspire others by sharing pictures of your curvy models on Instagram with the hashtag #modelmydiet

What 28 days of drinking water can do for your appearance.

We all know how drinking water is essential to losing weight, but seeing what it does for your appearance puts into perspective how good water is for you. We have written about the benefits of drinking water for your diet in our previous posts, but now you can see the impact it has had on one woman who was suffering headaches and poor digestion. 

Sarah Smith, found out how beneficial water was for her skin when she went on a 28 day water detox. Drinking three litres of water a day, not only did her skin look clearer and firmer, but as you can see in the pictures below, the shadows under her eyes lightened giving her a natural glow. 

She documented her results with the Daily Mail giving a week by week account of each change that was made that improved her health. Read the rest of her account from the Daily Mail here.

Tips for Better Dieting

What’s the biggest mistake we can make while dieting? For most, it is making unhealthy decisions when it comes to hunger. If you have ever been hit with hunger pains, being unprepared is not an option when you are on a diet. Take a look at some of these tips and advice provided by these expert nutritionists at PopSugar Fitness to help you better manage your diet.

Having Cheat Days

If you devote an entire day to eating foods that don’t push you toward your goal, “the only person you’re cheating is yourself . . . and that’s not good in the short term or long term.” Read more.

Not Keeping Track

Monitoring your daily calorie intake is key when trying to lose weight, Mitzi says, and one of the most accurate ways to keep track is with a food journal. Read More.

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Not Planning Ahead

If you can, sit down and plan your meals and snacks out for the next week or two in advance, and then hit the grocery store with a list to stock up on everything you need from fruit to veggies to the containers you need to make a week of salads. Read More.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Jenny Sugar

Skipping Dinner For Cocktails

“[D]rinking on an empty stomach can lead to quicker intoxication,” so even if you planned to just enjoy a few drinks, you’ll end up losing the ability to make healthy choices and are more likely to order tons of food off the bar menu! Read more.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Anna Monette Roberts

Too Much Protein or Not Enough

“[N]ot eating enough protein can also cause weight gain. She says, “Since protein helps you to stay satisfied, it is important to make sure you are eating it at every meal.” Read More.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Nicole Perry

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